Phase-field simulation of Rayleigh instability on a fibre

Junxiang Yang, Junseok Kim

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In this paper, we present a phase-field method for Rayleigh instability on a fibre. Unlike a liquid column, the evolutionary dynamics of a liquid layer on a fibre depends on the boundary condition at the solid-liquid interface. We use a Navier–Stokes–Cahn–Hilliard system to model axisymmetric immiscible and incompressible two-phase flow with surface tension on a fibre. We solve the Navier–Stokes equation using a projection method and the Cahn–Hilliard equation using a nonlinearly stable splitting method. We present computational experiments with various thicknesses of liquid thread and fibre. The numerical results indicate that the size of the satellite droplet decreases as the thicknesses of the thread and fibre increase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-90
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Multiphase Flow
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug


  • Cahn–Hilliard equation
  • Flow on a fibre
  • Navier–Stokes equation
  • Rayleigh instability
  • Unconditionally stable scheme

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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